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Hugh Allan's New Book - A collection of great Australian tales spread around the globe for your enjoyment...!


Welcome to the selected short stories from one of Australia’s newest authors in adventure fiction, written for your indulgence…

This collection will first take you on a bizarre global jaunt from England to Hong Kong, Japan and Indonesia during the Great Oil Escapade. 

Then across the sea, to the Amazon jungles within a tale of 
exploration and deification. 

We share in the experience of four scientists researching in the farthest cold of the planet to leap from Antarctica to Jupiter and back, raising serious questions in their minds.

We chase James Banock, a purloiner of British munitions across Scotland to Norway then along a voyage across the North Sea, where action becomes life threatening as Banock’s ship explodes and sinks.

To conclude the excitement and thrills, we find the solitude of memory filled by photographs and tales, which describes the author’s car-trip around Australia in 1967 and a youth filled with freedom and the future uncertain. 

Written for readers to enjoy, without EXPECTATIONS…

“A collection of adventure tales that spring from story to story without time to catch a breath…a thrill and a laugh…great collection by a talented author…thoroughly enjoyed…” William, IndieBooks reviewer.

Hugh Allan is a retired scientist. He and his family have travelled extensively around Australia and the world. Hugh is an active member of the Australian Bush Poets Association, the Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland and the Australian Association of Authors. His first novel, High Latitude for Dying was published in July 2020 by Shawline Publishing Group.  Hugh has had over forty poems and articles published in various  magazines in Australia.

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Tanya learns that the Russian has teamed up with Chechen terrorists led by a renegade Argentine Naval officer, who has a growing contempt for the British reign. Their Mission - to find a vessel loaded with munitions that had been hijacked by Argentine renegades during the Falklands War; and then the ship and the renegades who stole it vanished somewhere near the Antarctic Peninsula with no trace or clue. To find the munitions is the priority for the terrorists and nothing will stop them from delivering their justice onto the global political powers.

Aided by her brother, sister-in-law and an Australian Antarctic expert, Tanya pursues the Russian criminal half way around the world to face her attacker at the Antarctic Peninsula. Her small band of supporters follows the terrorists’ trail, unaware of the potential threat looming over the world; one of absolute destruction if the terrorists succeed in their cause.

Her personal mission is vengeance on the Russian but what she may actually find is an unplanned, and unexpected, chance to save the world. But her small team may be no match for the Russian and his new allies, who are hellbent on the objective ahead and hold no tolerance for a woman’s bittersweet revenge…



Hugh Allan is a retired scientist. He and his family have travelled extensively around Australia and the world, including the Antarctic Peninsula. Hugh is an active member of Australian Bush Poets Association; the Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland and an associate member of the Australian Society of Authors. He has had over forty poems and articles published in various magazines. He is known as a passionate author and supporter of all elements in writing.


“A tense and emotional tale of international crimes and conflicts, structured in great prose and narrative that engages for the full ride…action, drama and danger fill the pages with this exciting adventure packed novel…A must read for lovers of Matthew Riley and Alister MacLean…” Adrian, IndieBooks Reviewer.


​Why you wrote this book - what were your inspirations?


When my retirement was approaching I decided that I would write a book as part of my retirement plan. A life-long passion for the exploration of Antarctica gave some early direction to my novel.

This first draft was comedic and satirised the spy-world and countries associated with the story. However, the fairly lengthy part that was set in Antarctica failed on the matter of humour. I therefore redrafted the story as a thriller, essentially using the same characters but with different personalities, and a new range of plots.

Inspiration for the re-draft came from the authors I have been inclined to read since my schooldays, namely Hammond Innes, Alistair MacLean, Jack Higgins, Frederick Forsythe, etc.


How did you decide on the characters in the book would also be an interesting concept to include?


The Australian and Canadian characters grew from my career experiences as an Australian attending conferences and visiting research establishment in the USA and Canada. The two Russian characters fitted in with the post-cold war years of liaison between the USA, Russia and other nations.  The antagonists emerged as the story and plot grew over the years of revisions and redrafting.


What drew you to the subject matter or the characters? 


The characters from authors such as Jack Higgins and Frederick Forsythe were probably subconscious attractions.


What was the biggest challenge when writing the book?


The hardest part was re-working the story over and over, from an amateurish attempt at writing a novel, to hopefully, a professional written and believable story.


Any interesting experiences you might’ve had during the research for the book, or while writing or publishing the book:


An interesting and satisfying aspect of the work was researching to achieve accuracy of detail in order to enhance the realism of the story.


The target market for your book. For whom did you write it and why?


The target market I see as readers among scientists, engineers, mariners and adults inclined to read thrillers. I wrote the story for myself as a pleasurable retirement project. The feel-good result of the successful retribution against the rapist, the hijacker and the terrorists; the passive references to climate change (topical), and the world-wide settings in this day of global awareness and travel.

Requests welcomed for further information about the author –

  1. Book copies for review and discussion

  2. Full media kit, inc images and Q&A about the book by the author

  3. Interviews can be arranged via Skype, phone or email.


Book is available for purchase upon release at all great Australian book stores

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Thank you for supporting new Independent authors in Australia,

and we welcome further communications with you in the future.

Kind regards,

Publicity Manager
Shawline Publishing Group